This week we're joined by special guest, Dr. Bill Ahearn, to discuss response interruption and redirection (RIRD). We discuss the fascinating history of how this popular treatment for vocal stereotypy came to be, the ins and outs of implementing the treatment, when to use it, and, more importantly, when NOT to use it. Plus, some helpful troubleshooting tips for practitioners and why you shouldn't pronounce it "rrrrird".
Articles discussed this episode:
Ahearn, W.H., Clark, K.M., MacDonald, R.P.F., & Chung, B.I. (2007). Assessing and treating vocal stereotypy in children with autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 40, 263-275. doi: 10.1901/jaba.2007.30-06
Colon, C.L., Ahearn, W.H., Clark, K.M., & Masalsky, J. (2012). The effects of verbal operant training and response interruption and redirection on appropriate and inappropriate vocalizations. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 45, 107-120. doi: 10.1901/jaba.2012.45-107
Colon, C.L. & Ahearn, W.H. (in prep). An analysis of treatment integrity of response interruption and redirection.
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